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Fast for Freedom in Mental Health Information

Here is basic information about the historic 2003 hunger strike sponsored by MindFreedom International to demand evidence from the American Psychiatric Association and other mental health organizations of any "biological basis" of any major psychiatric disorder.

 

Krista EricksonThis is your portal to information about the 2003 Fast for Freedom in Mental Health. 

Announcement and news release about event. 

Some of the media coverage (LA Times, Washington Post). 

Dialogue between American Psychiatric Association and Scientific Advisory Board for MindFreedom International. 

Robert Whitaker's book Anatomy of an Epidemic recommends the Fast for Freedom as a model about challenging the way the medical model unscientifically dominates the psychiatric industry. 

Hunger strike participant David Oaks includes the hunger strike in his chapter in a book on psychiatric coercion published by World Psychiatric Association leaders, and you can download the chapter free here. 

 

(Photo: Krista Erickson, hunger striker, being interviewed by media.)

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Thomas E. Wittick is an MFI member who named one of the first psychiatric rights movement activist groups in this era in the USA. Tom chose the name "Insane Liberation Front" for the influential group that began in Portland, Oregon, USA in 1970, and he organized along side the infamous Howie T. Harp. Tom is shown here at the MindFreedom Action Space inside the Alternatives 2006 Conference in Portland, Oregon.
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